Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack MayerDuring World War II, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto. Incredibly, after the war her heroism, like that of many others, was suppressed by communist Poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years. Unknown, that is, until three high school girls from an economically depressed, rural school district in southeast Kansas stumbled upon a tantalizing reference to Sendlers rescues, which they fashioned into a history project, a play they called Life in a Jar. Their innocent drama was first seen in Kansas, then the Midwest, then New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, and finally Poland, where they elevated Irena Sendler to a national hero, championing her legacy of tolerance and respect for all people. Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is a Holocaust history and more. It is the inspirational story of Protestant students from Kansas, each carrying her own painful burden, each called in her own complex way to the history of a Catholic woman who knocked on Jewish doors in the Warsaw ghetto and, in Sendlers own words, tried to talk the mothers out of their children. Inspired by Irena Sendler, they are living examples of the power of one person to change the world and models for young people everywhere.*****60% of the sales of this book are donated to the Irena Sendler/Life in a Jar Foundation. The foundation promotes Irena Sendlers legacy and encourages educators and students to emulate the project by focusing on unsung heroes in history to teach respect and understanding among all people, regardless of race, religion, or creed.
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This discovery would change their lives and that of a very special woman. They discovered a magazine clipping with the headline, "Irena Sendler saved 2, children from the Warsaw Ghetto in He was unfamiliar with this woman's story. Conard, whose classroom motto is "he who changes one person, changes the world entire," encouraged the girls to pursue the topic searching for primary and secondary sources. The students learned that Irena Sendler had been a non-Jewish social worker and was head of the children's section in the Polish underground movement known as Zegot during World War II. As a social worker, Sendler had access to the Warsaw Ghetto. Sendler risked her life to save the lives of thousands of Jewish children by coaxing Jewish parents and grandparents to relinquish their children to her.
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As a non-fiction eBook it should be widely available for school use in appropriate curricula having to do with world history in general and the Holocaust in particular.
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Irena Sendler is a woman after my own heart. Doing what she feels is right in order to help people regardless of their background. She doesn't think of herself as a hero but only doing what ANY decent person would do. I hope if I were confronted head on with such a dire situation I would be as brave and selfless as she. This is a great book. A wonderful reminder that there is good being done even when there doesn't seem to be.
Jack Mayer's new book, Life in a Jar , is a work of creative non-fiction, recounting the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker during W. II, who knocked on doors in the Warsaw ghetto and asked Jewish mothers to give up their children in order to save them. She and her network rescued 2, Jewish children from certain death. After the war, her story, as well as those of countless other rescuers, was suppressed in communist Poland and forgotten. She lived in obscurity in Warsaw. Sixty years later, her extraordinary history was rescued by three teenage girls in Kansas, who began a history project about Irena Sendler and ended up elevating her to the status of Polish national hero and furthering dialogue and education for Poles to come to terms with their traumatic W.
This is a 'must see' place if you go to Forth Scott. It is the place where the Unsung Hero project This is one of the most beautiful stories in American education, full of heroism, courage and hope. It is a must see in middle America. It is the place where the Unsung Hero project started with the story of Irene Sendler. A gifted teacher encouraged his students to research stories about people who carried out great deeds but who did not receive any credit. The concept spread across the US and has gone international.